Search for antiviral activity in higher plant extracts
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Phytother Res. 2000 Dec;14(8):604-7.
Search for antiviral activity in higher plant extracts.
Abad MJ1, Guerra JA, Bermejo P, Irurzun A, Carrasco L.
- 1Departamento de Farmacología, Facultad de Farmacia, Universidad Complutense, 28040 Madrid, Spain.
In the course of our search for plant natural products as antiviral agents, extracts of ten plants from the Iberian Peninsula were tested for antiviral activity against
- herpes simplex type I (HSV-1),
- vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) and
- poliovirus type 1.
Aqueous extracts of five of these medicinal plants, namely Nepeta nepetella (150-500 microg/mL), Nepeta coerulea (150-500 microg/mL), Nepeta tuberosa (150-500 microg/mL), Dittrichia viscosa (50-125 microg/mL) and Sanguisorba minor magnolii (50-125 microg/mL), showed a clear antiviral activity against two different DNA and RNA viruses, i.e. HSV-1 and VSV. Only the medicinal plant Dittrichia viscosa was active against an additional virus, poliovirus type 1.
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